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  1. did you install this cam or was it already in the minisprint engine? what else is done to the engine?, im just gunna be a bit of a dick and say it but this is probs wayyyyy to big for a road car engine. for example this is considerable more duration / higher lift than my last competition engine, and is about the same as my new engine. my new engine was built for circuit racing and i have put it in a rally car, so even that has got farrrr too much cam for rallying. im at 260 degrees advertised duration, you are at 262. my cam lift is 332", yours is 335. to get an engine that isnt a bad of shit out of this you are going to need lots and lots of compression to make up for the low dynamic compression ratio from that massive duration. for example my engine runs a 3k short stroke crank, in a 5k block (1394cc) bored to tage 4age forged pistons, with 13.25:1 compression. its strickly an avgas only engine, and also has twin 40 DHLA sidedraughts, a close ratio gearbox to try keep it on the cam along with a 9.5 pound flywheel (stock is 23 pounds, cos 200mm 5k flywheel). TL;DR, unless you have an engine built around that cam, its gunna be a bucket of shit, and even if it is built around that cam, its gunna be a bucket of shit to drive on the road. some cam experts can probs chime in here, where's robbie?
  2. yea obvious ones here, check for spark, likely something to do with the fancy electronic ignition playing up. if its of a mini sprint what sort of ignition is it? most 4k minisprint engines i have seen run a trigger wheel and hall effect sensor with fancy programmable ignition. I tried an electronic unit in the dissy on my 4k rally car, after a failure i went back to points with an MSD to drop the current through the points, works fine. i time mine all in at about 3000rpm so wouldn't know what base / idle timing to use, as mine is high as fuck. stage 7 cam, shit is that out of 10 stages, that would pretty much make it a 3/4 race cam eh!

    Oldschool Hanmer Springs - 2019

    there is a GPSd route on RemoteMoto for kahurangi lighthouse, apparently a challenging wee trip " The Kahurangi Lighthouse is located in a remote location on the West Coast. It can be challenging to reach this lighthouse on a motorbike however the experience will reward you in spades. The surrounding scenery is nothing short of jaw-droppingly spectacular making this route not only a fun riding challenge, but a route that will blow you away with epic views.There are some critical planning considerations to successfully pull off this trip. Most notably this relates to the four river crossings, the timing of the tides and where to cross each river. If you get it wrong, you will join the long list of people who have drowned 4X4s, quads and motorbikes. If you get it right, you will have an EPIC experience along one of the most beautiful stretches of rugged West Coast shoreline. THIS IS NOT AN EASY ROUTE! This route is not intended for new or inexperienced riders. It is only suited to riders with very good riding skills who have well setup bikes, a comprehensive toolkit and spares, good general mechanical knowledge to repair bikes on the trail, the ability to undrown bikes, quality camping gear, first aid kit, an emergency beacon or rider tracking device and a sound understanding of the risks that come with entering remote areas. While it is possible for skilled riders to ride this route solo, it is recommended to ride this route in a group for safety." Old mate does some pretty hectic routes, and this is apparently one of the more hectic. looks lush tho, im keen

    Blizzo's scoot hoard and projects of win

    haha ive been waiting for this slack, unfortunately there are far too many boomers around on "adventure bikes" that dont go off the tarmac. Im looking at this as another challenge to be able to go away for a week or so self sufficient and see places i couldnt otherwise get to without support crews etc, and the challenge of riding a 200kg bike in places that a 200kg bike shouldnt. i look at my father in law and what he does on his Africa Twin, 2 up with his wife on the back, in terrain i would find difficult on my XR250. im def keeping the XR for weekend trips or technical trips, but look at the AT as a "motorcycle caravan" But your right @Truenotch, its essentially the motorcycling version of an MX5, so now we have something in common.

    Blizzo's scoot hoard and projects of win

    welllllll, ive brought another bike. Long story slightly shorter is I really enjoyed the ride down south, with a somewhat stressful operations / planning / contractor management type job and busy family life pulling on the helmet and heading away for a few days is just such an amazing head clearer. The XR is lush for weekend trips but its a stay in back packers type bike, id never be able to load it right up with camping gear and head off on big trips. My father in law has a real lush Honda RD06 Africa Twin, to non motorcycling people the Africa twin came after the success of BMWs R80 G/S (the other big bike i have) in Paris Dakar and honda cleaned up for a number of years. Capitalizing on the race success of the NX650 (africa twin race bike) honda had HRC make an available to public version called the XRV750 (its a 750cc watercooled V twin). these bikes werent made in massive numbers and became immensely popular for adventure motorcyclists as the can be loaded right up, are a pleasure to ride and are uuuber reliable. they have a massive following these days and are very sought after, if one does pop up for sale they only last a couple of days and are snapped up. Honda stopped making them in 2001 with the final RD07A. (tin 2016 honda put out a new africa twin which is a parallel twin for like 22k that you will see baby boomers riding to cafes on). Sooooo, one popped up on trademe for $2500 starting bid and $3500 buy now (tidy looking ones go for 4.5-6k+) and it was missing all the cool bits of an africa twin, some rear plastics and the uber cool color scheme as it was painted yuck rattle can yellow, has vom inducing checkerplate in places and a grot non factory front guard. I can look past some of these things and certainly did when i found out how good mechanically this thing was, looks can be changed, as i did with the XR etc, and it works well for me cos the fact it looks gross put other buyers off and i got it cheap $2500. also the fact its in queestown might have put people off but that just sounds like perfect adventure to me, im flying down on the 30th to ride it back up via molesworth. I sold my CB50 to @Mitch.W to cover a good chuck of the investment / garage space for the AT, was sad to sell it but choice that its staying local with someone whos gunna hoon it good. so this bike has a very passionate current owner and its got a bit of history, he purchased it in 2008 at 23,000kms and road across canada / usa and down south america - when he got back (bike now at 60,000kms) it had a small score on one of the pistons and he asked the local bike ship to pull and inspect over winter when they werent better, long story short the shop changed hands and they completely rebuilt the engine with a cost of $6700 (he has reciepts) to which he then argued and they agreed to split the bill 50/50, so good for me the bikes now at 70,000 kms with a brand new engine, has also just had brakes and wheel bearings done. here is bike in current grot state, the checker plate is grot as well as the paint but the gerry can plastic panniers are ugly but very clever, it keeps them as narrow as the handle bars for offroad riding so you dont get caught on stiff, the wont rip like textile ones and unlike alloy ones they have a bit of give so wont snap your rear subframe / mounts when you drop it. so ill ride it the 1100 odd kilometers home over 2 days, then probs ride it some more, aquire some replacement plastic parts (front fender, tail section) and might have a crack at making my own fibreglass side covers that stick out less than factory ones to have the option to keep the bike slim when panniering up. then plan is over the winter to give it a bit of maintenance, something i like doing to all new bikes mostly so i can figure out how they work so i know how to fix in middle of nowhere, slap a coat of white on it and then get some rothmans decals made up from the Dakar bike of the era as per this beautiful one oh and for those wondering, this is what the bike would have looked like when new, such cool graphics.

    Blizzo's scoot hoard and projects of win

    The XR laughed at the 1040km mission on the weekend. Bloody great time and did some amazing tracks down south. Porika Track, Braeburn Track and the Mariua Saddle were the cool sections, Maruia saddle is the coolest bit of road / track i have ever ridden.

    Blizzo's scoot hoard and projects of win

    wellllll after my wagnats shakedown ride i got home and the engine sounded like a bucket of bolts. stretched cam chains are common on these so figured it was worth a look and yea the tensioner was near max adjustment, and the way the spring is oriented on these tensioners as it gets closer to max adjustment the spring closes, and the spring was pretty much closed, providing no pressure, so new cam chain it was. in the mean time i had a sweet AF hubless spool, radially laced akront wheel turn up for the chopper, this thing has some cool bike history with it, has been laced like this since the 70s and has been on some pretty rad choppers, now its on mine. even has an old as fuck Avon Speedmaster on it, just needs the Burt Munroe treatment on the cracks in it. XR all back together, started first kick when cold, which it never used to, as the people at whagnats would have seen me kicking the shit out of it before i left. happy man, head off down south on it this afternoon. Molesworth and Rainbow roads are closed but i have pieced together a route than uses about 60-70% gravel / forest / pylon tracks and other that missing out on the expansive views of Molesworth, it should be a far better and more interesting ride. lets go..

    Blizzo's scoot hoard and projects of win

    have been acquiring some bits for a while to build something radical, time to crack on with this

    Blizzo's scoot hoard and projects of win

    Another bike ticked off the to do list. The XR250R from a page back that i started restoring is finally finished. just need to make a bit of a rear rack / fuel can mount for our 800km feilding - picton - molesworth - hamner - rainbow rd - lake tennyson - nelson - picton - feilding trip coming up next month. Im really happy with how this bike turned out, people bag 250s for being slow but this thing still pops wheelies pretty easily and with the 6 speed sits on 115km/h quite comfortably without revving high. She got a clean sheet wof this morning, although riding it this afternoon my horn stopped working ha, along with my USB charger. gunna try ride the shit out of it over the next couple of weeks to make sure its reliable for the south island adventure.
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    Blakes raleigh 20 resto

    still have this thing hanging on the wall in my shed, gave it to my now wife, although we don't get out on bikes together anymore with the sprogs. it is occasionally used to get me ass home when drunk from local bbqs
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    Blizzo's scoot hoard and projects of win

    Xing Ping Xi / Aliexpress
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    Blizzo's scoot hoard and projects of win

    Man, you know you have a problem when there is another 3 scoots in the garage not in this photo, another CT90 and the BMW in my lockup, and @TimShadboltfan27s MT50 in my woodshed Time finish some projects / other peoples projects / dehoard a bit
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    Truenotch's 1974 Yamaha FS50 (FS1)

    fizzy would look cool with a small steel guard mounted moto spec, ie - on the underside of the bottom triple clamp. thats what im in the midst of with my CB50 as i got like the no front guard look in it
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    VGs Pair O Cubs

    Keeping black plates is cool, but as this is a c90 you won’t be able to do that, unless you register it as a c90 / motorcycle and have it complied etc etc good score tho, just be aware that c90 have the same bolt pattern as ct110, and China engines aren’t a straight bolt in. Nothing hard to sort tho, I have just welded tabs to the frame before you you can make / buy brackets. Just something to think about
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    Kicker's C50

    this is what i want in my life, i have a trailtech on the shelf waiting to go in my CB50, how do you run the indicators etc, just run them on AC and they are fine?